Cool as Ice
Watch Ford test the Focus RS on a frozen lake in Sweden
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Yes, the forthcoming Focus RS will come packing 350 horsepower. Yes, Ken Block consulted on its development. And, yes, it has a Drift Mode that will let you slide the car around. However, when you use Drift Mode, it probably still wonâ€™t be as much fun as Fordâ€™s engineers had doing their cold-weather â€œtestingâ€ of Fordâ€™s hottest hatch.
Fordâ€™s eight-part documentary series, Rebirth of an Icon, follows the development of the 2016 Focus RS. The latest installment concentrates on the engineering team striving to improve the carâ€™s performance and seeing how it holds up to extreme cold temperatures. To do so, they headed to Sweden to slide it around a frozen lake. That sounds more like fun than testing to us, but somebody has to do it.
You can watch the latest episode right hereâ€¦
The previous episodes detailed the goals for the car; the design and crash testing of the vehicle; its preliminary road testing, and some track testing by none other than Ken Block. In the coming weeks the series will continue with an episode each week and they will play out as follows:
- Episode 6: Power struggleâ€”Itâ€™s all about performance, as the Ford manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, gears up for production
- Episode 7: Close scrutinyâ€”The day of the critical sign-off drive follows Blockâ€™s headline appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Episode 8: Final chapterâ€”Itâ€™s time for the nail-biting management review
And, don’t fret, we will keep sharing the episodes here on the SVTP Front Page so you won’t miss one.